Ramiz Mehdiyev: “Officials from the United States advised to give 25 percent of the votes to the representative of the National Council and leave 74-75 percent to ourselves”



 Azerbaijani side invited OSCE/ODIHR with the recommendation of the United States. Then, it became clear that the reports of OSCE/ODIHR and the U.S. Department of State are the same. This is a vivid abuse of the confidence.   

 Ramiz Mehdiyev, the Head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Republic, answering the question of the correspondent of APA Holding , noted that “international standards”, which are mostly referred by opponents, usually are used as a method to disprove the objective realities or as an instrument of pressure. “But no one really can explain the essence of these standards. Representatives of international organizations each time address to the experience of some Western countries, when they do not find an answer to a specific question. Meanwhile, we know in detail how “democratic” the elections are in Western countries”.

According to the Head of the Presidential Administration, these states do not invite international election observers and at the same time, if some organizations try to do it, they do not allow them even to come around polling stations. 

“By the way, officials from the United States advised to give 25 percent of the votes to the representative of the National Council, and leave 74-75 percent to ourselves.  In this case, the U.S. Department of State would have balanced opinion on the elections. Logically, if we did not follow this advice then in all other cases, they would have negative feedback. The result is known. As you can see, it was not just friendly advice but a strict warning”.

 It meant that that we should not hold transparent, fair elections but fictitious. And in that case we had to write fictitious percentage for a particular candidate for the presidency upon the request of our partners. Don’t you think that this is an insult to the dignity and national feelings of Azerbaijani voters? 

We are accused that only 22 days were considered for the election campaign. But the OSCE/ODIHR considers normal the fact that the campaign period is limited to just 15 days in France. Of course, this is absurd. For example, in Denmark the period is 11 days, Poland – 15 days, Serbia – 20 days, in Latvia – 20 days and so on.

 Ms. Tana de Zulueta, who arrived in Azerbaijan as the head of the observation mission of the OSCE/ODIHR , did not have an elementary understanding about Azerbaijan. Before paying the visit to Azerbaijan, she had met with our ambassador in Italy. She was interested in the geography and history of the country, its people, and then, relations with neighboring countries, the causes of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the economic situation of the country and many other issues. This fact alone shows that she was sent to the country as a person, who is not familiar with the realities. This suggests that she has been specially chosen for the task to discredit the elections. This is confirmed by the fact that a few days before the elections on October 9, we had known the text of the statement, sounded on October 10”, said Ramiz Mehdiyev.

 R. Mehdiyev added that following the statement of the ODIHR/OSCE, Ambassadors of the European Union states in Baku met with some members of the observation mission of the European structures and at the joint meeting, they expressed their disagreement on distortion of the facts. “Some heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan delivered a severe opinion and assessed it as a blatant provocation aiming to worsen relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan on the eve of the EU Summit in Vilnius.

 It is known that there are no perfect elections by definition. Certain discontent, violations and shortcomings are witnessed always and everywhere. And if they are separate cases, and are still exceptions to the entire flow, then how it can be justified to bulge the details, taken out of general context, and summarize them as the final result. This approach can not be fair. It is aimed at realization of unhealthy purposes”. 

“There is another example. The West always arises the issues of press freedom as an urgency, and teachs us how to work with media agencies. We do not have this problem. The press in Azerbaijan is free and has no difficulty with the freedom of information dissemination, the socialization of existing news resources, releasing sensational materials, not depending whoever it may belong. However, we have to feel the pressing of Western circles periodically, although in this case it would be worth to have a closer look to the situation of the freedom of media agencies in our partners. 

Let me give you a recent example: Last week, on October 10, the U.S. Committee to Protect Journalists has officially accused the administration of President Barack Obama on pressure against the media. The Committee published a special report titled “The Obama administration and the media,” in which it is completely clear described how the official circles of the U.S. impede journalists’ access to information on government activities.

 Or another example: Just the other day, referring to the shutdown of the federal government , the United States asked the UN to postpone the first serious discussions on human rights situation in their country, which included allegations of abuses by the National Security Agency ( NSA ) .

 The UN was forced to postpone the discussions on important issues such as surveillance by the NSA, targeted killings, immigration reforms, electoral rights of citizens, mass imprisonment and other same level serious problems. This fact was confirmed by one of the leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)Jamil Dakwar in an interview, conducted by Reuters”. 

Ramiz Mehdiyev emphasized that head of Amnesty International UN Office in Geneva Peter Splinter also shared this opinion. In a statement to the American media, he said that the U.S. has serious problems on human rights. 

“The question arises: In the presence of these and other serious problems on human rights in the United States, wouldn’t it be better for the U.S. government to impose order first in their own house, and then to teach other countries how they should live?,” said Ramiz Mehdiyev.



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